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Total picks Maersk drillship to drill at "deepest water"

Total picks Maersk drillship to drill at "deepest water"

Maersk Drilling announcd that it had been awarded contracts for a three-well exploration drilling project by Total E&P Angola Block 32, Block 48 and Total E and P Namibia B.V. for the 7th generation drillship Maersk Voyager.

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The well in Angola’s Block 48 will be drilled at a new world record water depth of 3,628 m. The current world record is 3,400 m, set by Maersk Voyager’s sister drillship Maersk Venturer when it drilled the Raya-1 well for Total offshore Uruguay in 2016. To support the campaign in Angola and Namibia, Maersk Drilling will be working with local partners to power successful outcomes and strengthen the development of the local oil and gas industry to the benefit of all parties involved.

The current record of about 11,150 feet was set by Voyager's sister ship, Maersk Venturer, off the coast of Uruguay in 2016. That project was also completed for Total. 

The project includes two wells offshore Angola in Blocks 32 and 48, plus one well offshore Namibia. The campaign is expected to begin in January 2020 with an estimated duration of 240 days, plus options for two additional wells. The firm-price contract comes in at about $46 million including mobilization, or about $190,000 per day. 

"Customer demand for the highest specification ultra-deepwater floaters now equals or exceeds the number of marketable rigs currently available in many areas," said Transocean CEO Jeremy Thigpen in a recent update. "As a result, new contracts more consistently reflect materially increased day rates, which will generate significantly improved cash flow.”

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